- The chief of the United Nations said that countries are “utterly failing to” meet climate goals.
- A UN report has found that the world is not on track to cut global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius before the end of this century.
- This is in advance of the UN’s climate summit next Wednesday, which will put pressure on Biden for meeting US climate goals.
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United Nations Chief António Guterres said in a speech that countries are “utterly failing” to fight the climate crisis, according to a UN reportMonday’s report showed that countries’ pledges to lower carbon emissions are significantly below their targets.
Guterres stated Tuesday that the emissions gap is due to a leadership deficit. “But leaders can still make it a turning point towards a greener future and not a tipping point for climate catastrophe.”
The Paris Agreement set a goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the year 2000. However, the UN report revealed that countries are falling short of this goal. If not taken swiftly, temperatures could reach 2.7 degrees Celsius by century’s end.
In addition, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) — a UN body — saidOn Monday, carbon dioxide rose by more than the 10-year-average of 413.2 parts per million in 2020, despite the slowdown in the global economy during the pandemic.
“We are way off track,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Talas stated, adding that carbon dioxide levels haven’t been this high in at least 3,000,000 years.
This information is coming a week ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow, where dozens of world leaders will meet. This will be the first time the US is participating in the summit since rejoining the Paris agreement — President Donald Trump had withdrawn the country from the pledge during his term — and President Joe Biden previously expressed concernsThe US addresses climate issues ahead of the summit.
Biden stated that “the prestige of the United States has been at risk.” toldAccording to California Rep. Ro Kanna, there was a group progressive lawmakers last week. “I need this to represent the United States overseas. I need people to see the Democratic Party working, that the country works, and that we can govern.
Biden’s concern stems primarily from the opposition of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema to his economic-climate agenda. These two centrists are the main holdouts. Manchin’s opposition prevented Biden from proposing the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) in his campaign. This would cut carbon emissions by half before 2030.
Now, Democrats are working on a framework that would address the climate without CEPP. However, Guterres noted that time is running out to address global heating before it becomes an “existential danger to humanity.” And especially after a UN reportAugust stated that some of the effects of global warming will not be reversed for centuries to millennia. Pressure is mounting on Biden and other countries to address the urgent issue of climate change.